Osho - What is What is the secret of a
Question: Beloved Osho, What is the secret of a
Osho: The sudden unexpected turn, that is the secret of a joke -- the
revelation. You are expecting something and it doesn't happen; what happens
is so totally absurd and yet has a logic of its own... it is ridiculous and
yet not illogical. That's what suddenly becomes a laughter in you. You see
the ridiculousness of it, and also the logic of it. It is unexpected -- if
it is expected, then it doesn't bring laughter to you. If you know the joke
then it doesn't bring laughter to you, because now you know, everything is
Two insects were living in a cemetery. One said to the other: "Want to make
love in dead Ernest tonight?"
Now, poor dead Ernest...!
An Englishman on his first trip to America went to one of those stand-up
comic nightclubs for the first time. After he had had a couple of drinks,
the lights dimmed and Henny Youngman stepped into the spotlight and greeted
the crowd with his famous trademark gag: "Take my wife... please."
The crowd belly-laughed. The Englishman was impressed. "By Jove," he said to
himself, "I must remember that and try it on the chaps back home."
Now, when somebody says, "Take my wife," you are expecting he will say, "for
example." "Take my wife, for example." But he is saying "Take my wife," and
then the silence, the little pause..."please." That is unexpected.
Some weeks later, back in London, he stepped to the microphone at a meeting
of his club and, with great confidence, snapped out: "Consider my wife.
Now the whole thing is lost. Just a single word makes it a beauty.
The secret of the joke is that it brings you to
a point where you are expecting, expecting, expecting that this is going to
happen; then it never happens. And what happens is so sudden... and because
you were expecting something you were coming to a tension, and then suddenly
something else happens, and the tension has come to such a climax that it
explodes. You are all laughter. It is a tremendous release, it is great
If you can laugh totally, it will give you a moment of no-time, no-mind.
Mind lives logically with expectations, laughter is something that comes
from the beyond. Mind is always guessing what is going to happen, groping.
And something happens which is absolutely contrary to its expectations: it
simply stops for a moment. And that is the moment when the mind stops, when
laughter comes from your belly, a belly laugh. Your whole body goes into a
spasm, it is orgasmic. A good laugh is tremendously meditative.
An English gentleman went to his surgeon saying, "Old chap, I have this
damned desire to be an Irishman. Can you perform some operation to make me
"Well," replied the surgeon, "it is a fairly risky business, you know. We
have to remove ninety percent of your brain."
"Do it," replied the Englishman.
When he awoke from the operation he found his bed surrounded by long-faced
doctors. His surgeon stepped forward, saying, "Terribly sorry, old chap, but
during the operation the old scalpel slipped and we accidentally removed one
hundred percent of your brain!"
"Ah, na fuckin' worries mate!"
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